Defining a Masterpiece at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Johannes Vermeer, The Astronomer (1668). Louvre Museum
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Superb art objects from Paris' famed Louvre Museum are now on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). The Louvre and the Masterpiece explores how the definition of a “masterpiece,” as well as taste and connoisseurship, have changed over time. “We are thrilled to present such a magnificent group of works from the Louvre’s collections to Minnesota for the first time,” noted Kaywin Feldman, the MIA's Director and President.

The Louvre and the Masterpiece features sixty-two works of art drawn from all eight of the Louvre’s collection areas, spanning 4,000 years. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and drawings are divided into three major themes: the changing historical and cultural definitions of a masterpiece; authenticity and connoisseurship; and the evolution of taste and scholarship.

"We have an idea that one is good, one's better and one's the best," said Feldman of the exhibit's theme. "We encourage visitors to examine and decide."
The Louvre and the Masterpiece (Oct. 18, 2009 - Jan. 10, 2010)
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